Schizopolis
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After years of making movies in the fringes of the Hollywood system after his debut success sex, lies, and videotape, director Steven Soderbergh made Schizopolis as, in his own words, an artistic "wake-up call to himself." The result is a discombobulated, irreverent, comedic meta-movie, a cinematic hall of mirrors nearly impossible to describe. Soderbergh wrote, directed, photographed, edited, and even stars in the film as Fletcher Munson, a disillusioned paper-pusher assigned to write a deliberately meaningless speech for T. Azimuth Schwitters, an L. Ron Hubbard-esque self-help guru… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Exasperating as it is, Schizopolis has a deliberateness almost interesting enough to offset its sophomoric streak."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Though funny and observant at times, it still comes across as a strained juvenile guerilla movie whose bizarre antics never caught fire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"At once an astute study of the banality of modern life and a banal student film wrapped around a series of inside jokes."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Schizopolis is Steven Soderbergh's berserk and uneven attempt to mimic Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou; he wants to provoke reaction but he's not quite sure how to go about it."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"No kidding, this is one weird movie. But if you're open to the wacky experience and you are patient, you will have a lot of laughs and gain surprising insight into contemporary society."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Schizopolis represents a minor act of self-indulgence on the part of the sometimes eccentric Steven Soderbergh but results in major tedium for the viewer."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"a filmmaking exercise from someone eager to stretch his legs, do something goofy, and experiment, all of which Soderbergh does without losing his audience"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"moderately funny and seriously skewed"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Who knew that deep inside the soul of Steven Soderbergh beat the heart of a great comic actor?"
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It's fresh, unexpected and goofy. It's not a smart career move, just a film that its director wanted to make for some crazy reason, and he made it."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Taken as a whole, the film fails to maintain the consistent absurd tone it is aiming for."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Schizopolis is by no means an epochal event, but it's clever and offbeat, well worth appreciating on its own proper terms."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"The fractured and elliptical narrative does make for tough going at times but viewers who hang in there are duly rewarded with moments of true inspiration."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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